The history of this location drew us in - the former presidential palace, and on a side street in downtown San Jose. And I remember the great gift shop during my study abroad days. But coming back with young kids.... this probably wasn't the right hotel for us. It's a tough drive into town, with traffic, noise, smog, etc. So we were pretty worn out by the time we arrived. And while the country as a whole is safe, we were concerned about walking around the city with the kids. Therefore, for our one night stay, we felt somewhat trapped.
If you are traveling solo, or as a couple, this might be a better fit. Especially if you will be in San Jose for a couple of days. But if you are looking to pass through for one night, pick something outside of the city center.
The front desk staff was very helpful, and arranged a cab for us that night and the following day for our trip to the airport. The gift shop is still great, but it seems to be about half the size it was a decade ago. But if you need to pick up some last minute gifts, this is a great spot. The onsite restaurant was great, and you can sit outside and people watch.
Lastly, there is a nice Jade Museum across the street, which the kids really enjoyed.